Just 33 seconds into Saturday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators fans were on their feet. The crowd celebrated Ryan Johansen's rebound goal off Ryan Ellis's missed shot, watching the puck meet the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just a few minutes later, all of Bridgestone Arena was on its feet again, this time for a far more emotional meeting. With her parents on hand, Brianne Dollar, who had been diagnosed with acute leukemia and required a bone marrow transplant to save her life, finally got the chance to meet the man who provided the donation she so desperately needed.
Tony Connell's entrance from behind the curtain was a special moment, one that left Brianne, and surely several fans in attendance, reduced to tears. She was finally hugging the man who gave her the gift of life.